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Poster: Ganbachi Date: Aug 3, 2009 3:26am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Invalid copyright notices for Laurel & Hardy?

I have a tv show on dvd that just says "All Rights Reserved - 1996" with the name of the production company underneath. Would that be PD since it doesn't say copyright anywhere? If so, why would they make that mistake? It's not that difficult to put a copyright notice on your product!

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Aug 3, 2009 3:52am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Invalid copyright notices for Laurel & Hardy?

The copyright notice requirement was taken away after 1989. Since then, a work is effectively protected as soon as it is created and after publication even with no notice or registration. But without a notice or registration it is hard to protect your copyright and prove claims.

Generally, For things released before 1 March 1989, the copyright symbol, the word "copyright" or abreviation are acceptible in notices. "(c)" isn't. "All rights reserved" is optional. The notice can be written as a sentence and it should be on one line or in close proximity to avoid confusion. It only becomes invalid if there is confusing information. For example the attached notice on "Glorifying The American Girl" is invalid because it contains too much information between the copyright date and the owning company, causing confusion. As the law sees it, a "reasonable person" would not be able to tell if this film's copyright was owned by "Monta Bell" "Long Island Studios" "Western Electric System" "Paramount Famous Lasky Corp" "Adolph Zuker" "The MPPDA" or "The National Board of Review".

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Poster: jonc Date: Aug 3, 2009 6:45am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Invalid copyright notices for Laurel & Hardy?

There are many films in this archive that fell into the public domain because the owner failed to provide a valid notice. "All rights reserved" would not have been valid in works prior to 1989. In 1996, no notice would be required. In fact, from March 1989, neither notice nor registration is required.

This post was modified by jonc on 2009-08-03 13:45:49

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